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Discussion 4 to Ask the Patriarch 93
Learning to empathize with others.

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Hand in hand with what everyone else here has stated is learning to empathize with others. The one constant researches have found amongst the hard core criminals is an inability to empathize with others. Bullies who've been made to experience the hurt and humiliation they inflict on others have been profoundly changed by the experience.

I also recently watched an interview with Maria Shriver and her mother. When Maria was growing up, her mother hung pictures all over her kitchen and dining room of starving children in underdeveloped countries as a reminder to her children of how much they had to be thankful for and the need for them to help the less fortunate. Once a week, she would put the money for that night's dinner in a jar so it could be sent to buy food for the hungry and she and her family would have cereal for dinner. During family meals her father would ask his children what sorts of things they could do to make the world a better place. The Shrivers encouraged their children to do volunteer work when they were growing up. I was impressed with the level of selflessness that seemed such an integral part of their family life.